A day or two ago I received a message that I was nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award. It goes without saying that I was super excited about this. For those of you who haven’t heard of this award before, allow me to explain. The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to other bloggers whom they find interesting or inspirational. The awarded blogger then, if he or she chooses to accept, has to answer 11 questions, nominate 11 new candidates and come up with 11 new questions for them.
This honor was bestowed upon me by Paul from Paul Sees the World. Not only was it great to be nominated, as it means someone is actually reading my blog, it was especially nice to be nominated by Paul. I always enjoy reading his blogs, whether it’s about his travels, food or cats. He has a great writing style, which I feel I can learn a lot from. Now as for the questions I was asked:
1. Are you multi-lingual?
Yes. My native language is Dutch, but I’ve learned how to speak English and German quite fluently in school. Besides these three I also studied French, Spanish and Italian. I can manage myself in these languages when on holiday, but I’m not exactly fluent in those. Oh, and having lived in China for six years I can get away with some Chinese as well.
2. Do you have a pet?
I do not. I’m afraid I would end up eating them. (I kid, I kid)
3. What is your favorite musician or group?
I used to be a mega big fan of the Scottish band Texas. I went to quite a few of their shows, and bought tons of their albums and singles. Later this spot was taken over by the band Muse. Although I still love both bands, I wouldn’t exactly call myself a die hard fan anymore.
4. What is your favorite cuisine and why? (I stole this one from Pavel)
Now this is a tough one. I love food. It’s such an important part of my life. Whenever I travel I try loads of local dishes. It’s tricky to choose just one, but I can happily narrow it down to two. In every cuisine there will be food that I love and food that I don’t like, but in Italian and Japanese I pretty much love everything. In both cuisines the pure ingredients are at the core of the dish. There won’t be loads of added spices, simply let the ingredients speak for themselves.
5. What 1 place do you most want to visit and why haven’t you visited yet?
Another tricky question, as travel is just as much in my blood as food is. I’m fortunate to have been to quite a few places in my life, but there are always many more to visit. If I had to pinpoint one particular place I’m going to have to go with Australia, simply because it’s the first place I’ve wanted to visit as a child and it has always stuck with me. I haven’t been there because it’s always such a long flight, but more importantly it seems like a very expensive destination.
6. If you could have any one of your posts published to a very broad and large audience, which post would it be? (Go ahead and include the link)
I don’t particularly have any posts that I am proud of, but I feel more people should know about Limburger cheese. Partially because I’m from that region, and partially because it gets a bad rep.
7. When your not doing anything what are most often thinking about? (I stole this question from Hip to be Snark)
Well this one is easy. Food and travel. I’m constantly planning my next trip, as well as my next dinner.
8. What one feature in WordPress do you wish you knew about earlier?
There’s a feature somewhere hidden deep within the vaults of the WordPress setup system that allows you to add suggestions for articles at the end of your article.
9. Is there any one blogger you would be most curious to meet in person and spend an afternoon with?
It might sound weird to suggest the person who also put me up for this Sunshine Blogger Award, but I think it would be great to meet Paul from Paul Sees the World. I don’t know about afternoon though. Dinner and drinks somewhere seems much more appropriate.
10. What do the people closest to you (significant other, close friends, families) think of you being a blogger?
My parents and friends seem to think my blog is interesting, but I don’t actually talk about it with them that much. I live halfway across the world from them, so I have better things to talk about.
11. How much longer do you think Facebook will be around?
Facebook will never die.
Now, time to nominate some bloggers. Do go out and read their blogs, I picked them for a reason.
1 Gyppo Travel Reviews – A fellow foodie, traveller and reviewer of unusual foods.
2 Wanderlustplusone – A great blog about travelling with children.
3 Joshi Daniel Photography – Amazing photographs, especially portraits.
4 Italophilia – A very informative blog about everything Italy
5 Through Open Lens – Another great photography blog. Lots of puns too.
6 Cooking with a Wallflower – Beautifully photographed food and recipes.
7 Love Travelling – Well written travel diaries from trips all over the globe.
8 Unbolt me – The writers of this blog can do magic with words.
9 Sizzles & Strings – A great blog about all of my favorite things. Food, music, food.
10 Cooking without Limits – Tasty recipes with great pictures.
11 Passport Kiwi – A great blog for people who, like me, love lists.
And finally, to the people I nominated, if you accept the Sunshine Blogger Award, please answer these 11 questions, pick 11 new blogs, contact them to tell them you have nominated them, and come up with 11 new questions. If you accept, you can write up a blog entry like mine, thank the person who nominated you and remember to add a picture of the Sunshine Blogger Awards logo.
1 Why did you start writing your blog?
2 What is your favorite restaurant in the world?
3 Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?
4 Have you ever met anyone famous? Please do tell the story if you have.
5 What smell brings back your favorite childhood memories?
6 What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?
7 What advice would you give to new bloggers?
8 What will the world look like in 50 years?
9 Who deserves an Oscar, but has never gotten one?
10 What’s your favorite fast food joint?
11 Would you spend your life savings to realize your dreams?